Katie McGrath

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Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
McGrath at the Japan Expo in 2010
BornKatherine Elizabeth McGrath
1983 (age 30–31)
Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland
Other namesKatherine
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
 
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Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
McGrath at the Japan Expo in 2010
BornKatherine Elizabeth McGrath
1983 (age 30–31)
Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland
Other namesKatherine
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Katherine Elizabeth "Katie" McGrath (born 1983)[citation needed] is an Irish actress and model. She is best known for playing Morgana in the BBC One television series Merlin. She most recently appeared as Lucy Westenra on the British-American horror drama TV series Dracula, which aired in the fall of 2013.[1][2]

Background[edit]

McGrath was raised in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland.[3] She studied the International Baccalaureate at St. Andrews College before graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in History.[4] She wanted to work in fashion journalism and took a job at Image magazine,[4] before becoming a wardrobe assistant on the set of The Tudors.[5]

Career[edit]

Katie McGrath (right) with Merlin co-star Angel Coulby (left)

While working on The Tudors, McGrath was advised to try acting, so she sent photographs around Irish agents.[6] She said,

A couple of the producers said I should give acting a try. I just thought, "Why not?" It’s like running away to join the circus, everyone wants to do it when they're young but then you grow up and get a proper job. But somebody's got to do it or you wouldn't have the circus.[citation needed]

McGrath was cast in Damage, an Irish TV-movie in 2007. She also starred in Bedrock Productions's play La Marea at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2007.[7]

She appeared in the feature films Eden and Freakdog in 2008, before being cast in Merlin.

In 2009, McGrath starred in a five-part docudrama for Channel 4 exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen, in which she played a young Princess Margaret.[8]

In 2010, McGrath was cast in Madonna's directorial debut W.E., a King Edward VIII biopic. McGrath played Lady Furness, the king's former mistress who introduces him to Wallis Simpson.[9]

In February 2011, McGrath began filming the comedy-drama film A Princess for Christmas in Romania.[10] The film premiered in December 2011.

In September 2011, McGrath voice-acted the lead character in the Irish animated short film Tríd an Stoirm (Through the Storm). Later that month, McGrath was cast as Oriane Congost in Labyrinth.[citation needed]

In February 2013, McGrath was reunited with her The Tudors co-star and close friend Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC and Sky Living's horror drama TV series Dracula, which started airing in autumn 2013.[1] McGrath portrays Lucy Westenra.

In June 2013, McGrath starred in the Channel 4 show Dates alongside Gemma Chan as a young lesbian on the dating scene.[citation needed] In April 2014, McGrath joined the cast for Jurassic World.[11]

In November 2014, McGrath co-starred in a Hozier music video for the song From Eden with the singer.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008EdenTrisha
2008Tudors, TheThe TudorsBessSeason 2, episode 5: "His Majesty's Pleasure"
2008FreakdogHarriet Chambers
2008Roaring Twenties, TheThe Roaring TwentiesVixenTV miniseries
2008–2012MerlinMorgana Pendragon65 episodes (Main Role)
2009Queen, TheThe QueenPrincess MargaretSeason 1, episode 1: "Margaret"
2012LabyrinthOriane CongostTV miniseries
2013DatesKate FosterTV series
2013DraculaLucy WestenraSeason 1, episodes 1–10

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007DamageRachelTV movie
2007PebbleTaraShort film
2011W.E.Lady Thelma Furness
2011Princess for Christmas, AA Princess for ChristmasJules DalyTV movie
2012Tríd an StoirmAlice/Banshee(voice)Short film
2014Leading LadyJodi Rutherfordpost-production
2015Jurassic WorldTBADevelopment
2015The ThrowawaysGloriaDevelopment

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula'". IFTN. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Dracula' dead! NBC stakes Jonathan Rhys Meyers thriller". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  3. ^ McGrath grew up with two older brother Rory and Shaun."Interview Katie McGrath" (July 2011) Irish Tatler
  4. ^ a b "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". The Gloss Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2013. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Girls – Katie McGrath". Arena Magazine. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Sunday Herald Salon – She's magic[dead link]
  7. ^ bedrockproductions[dead link]
  8. ^ "Five actresses to play the Queen for C4". The Guardian. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Katie McGrath praises 'fantastic' Madonna". London: Digital Spy. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Blaga, Lulia (25 February 2011). "PRODUCTION: Christmas at Castlebury Hall Will Shoot in Romania". Film New Europe. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Judy Greer Joins 'Jurassic World'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  12. ^ "Hozier releases new video for 'From Eden' featuring Katie McGrath". Irish Independent. 19 Nov 2014. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014. 

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